Windows licence for bootcamp installation
I'm getting confused and frustrated.
Can anyone give me a definitive answer?
What is the cheapest way to get Windows (XP) on our Macs (currently 52 of them, expanding to 70 maybe)?
Here's where I am at.
1. To install Windows on a Mac, I need a valid Windows licence.
2. To install Windows on a Mac, I have to install it alongside the Mac OS, not instead of.
3. There is a VL upgrade path available using certain base 'qualifying operating systems'.
4. Apple Macintosh is listed as a 'qualifying operating system'.
5. An alternative is to purchase software assurance for the VL upgrade.
6. An alternative is to purchase full licences not available in VL.
7. If I have active Software Assurance, I do not need to uninstall the qualifying OS.
All our existing clients have XP OEM licences stuck to them, so I believe that putting all of them under Software Assurance (to fulfil 7.) would not really be a wise financial decision at the moment (we aren't currently looking to upgrade the client OS).
How do fact 4 and 2 work when the qualifying OS must be removed to be valid (unless under a Student Select agreement). In fact, how is point 4 even valid, when it is required in point 2?
My 3 o'clock just arrived, I'll be back to this, but if anyone has any info in the meantime...